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Meet Employee of the Month: Nikesh Purnaa’s Sourcing Manager

by Sonja Kraft

Material Swatches, sourcing fabric in Nepal
Nikesh with Some Swatches from our Library

Congratulations, you won the employee of the month award!

Oh, thank you very much.

How did you feel when you found out that you won?

I hadn’t imagined that I would be employee of the month. So when it was announced I was surprised! I had only been at Purnaa for a few months. I was very happy. It was very nice, I am proud to be a part of Purnaa.

We want to get to know you a little bit better. Can you tell us about your family?

Ah, my family. I am living with my mother, father, wife and now my small baby. He is 7 months old. Last week was his rice feeding time and it was so nice. That was a great day for me. When a baby turns seven months old, we do the rice feeding ceremony. For seven months we don’t feed them any rice, only the milk from their mother. There are differences between cultures, but the main thing is we feed them rice on that day and then continue from that day on.

If you only had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?

In one word? I’m thinking I would say mercy.

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When have you been most satisfied in your life?

Recently. After I joined Purnaa. Previously I was in Saudi Arabia, I was making money, but in my heart I was not feeling well. I felt sad because I was away from my wife and from my family. I had feelings of loneliness. Now I have this job and I can stay with my family, wife, and son. I feel satisfied. Now I am in Nepal.

What is your job at Purnaa?

My job is sourcing. Sourcing the materials for what we manufacture here, like fabric, metal items like buckles, any materials we use to manufacture here. My job is to try to find the good quality material for Purnaa.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy when I go outside. If I had to stay inside all day I might feel lazy. But I have different tasks. I need to run errands and I must complete those. One of the interesting things though, when I travel to different places there are many things I can see. Maybe something fun is happening in the road or beside the road, I get to see that. So it doesn’t feel boring. It’s always interesting. Sometimes the work is challenging but challenging is good. We get different ideas from the challenges and we will learn from them.

How long have you worked at Purnaa?

Eight months

What did you do before you worked at Purnaa?

I was in Saudi Arabia. I was in a logistics transportation company. I had to handle a lot of the problems. One part of my work was to handle the emails from the customers. The customers would email about the shipments and any problems there were with the shipments. I had a lot of pressure coming from the customers. There were different kinds of problems I needed to fix and handle.

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